Vintage Fords, Lincolns, and Mercurys!!

Discussion in 'Wheels, Wings, Mud, and Water' started by Adam, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. zebra03

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    Actually that car is being auctioned as we speak and was formerly owned by Joey Buttafuco . I have no connection .
     

     

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  2. NeedForSpeed

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    David Person's 69 sloped nose Cyclone. Banned in 70!
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  3. zebra03

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    That is one of the prettiest cars I have ever seen . I have the model of it .
     
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  4. noogies

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    Beautiful picture, but I'm pretty sure that's a '70.
     
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  5. Ross6860

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    They didn't ban the body, they changed the engine specs. They would have to have banned the Superbirds and Daytona Chargers, too. They were even more aerodynamic.

    Back when they could run 426 Hemis and Boss 429s, they were breaking 200 mph on the straights. That's with late 60's early 70's technology. Scary!

    Cale Yarborough drove a Cyclone in 1970 and qualified at 194+ mph at Daytona.

    Also in 1970 Buddy Baker broke 200 mph average speed for qualifying at Talladega in a Daytona Charger.

    In 1971 they limited the "special cars" to 305 in^3 (Superbirds, Daytona Chargers, Mercury Cyclone, and Ford Talladega) and their speeds fell 12 mph or so.

    I believe in 1974 they limited all engines to 358 in^3 ending the era of the "big block" and restrictor plates were in common use by 1988 at the superspeedways.

    Some of the details may be off a year or two but you get the gist.
     
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    Great info. I watch a lot of NASCAR on wide world of sports back then. I thought NASCAR had an issue with the bodywork. Buddy Baker was fearless. I remember a 500 where he averaged close to 200mph in an Oldsmobile. 70's racing was way better than now. Even early plate racing.
     
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    Could very well be. Need to check that, Thanks
     
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  8. Ross6860

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    Certainly more "character", or should I say characters, back then. The spirit was still of the moonshiners running from the law.

    Cale Yarborough was my favorite back in the day. Junior Johnson was always getting busted for "secret" fuel tanks or some other skirting of the rules.

    Oh, and you could actually tell a Ford from a Chevy from Dodge, too.

    I haven't watched a NASCAR race in years, or any other form of racing other than motorcycles, and that's a rare event.
     
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    Me either, Since Earnhardt was killed. Everything looks the same. Watch a lot of NHRA.
     
  10. 2011etec

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    What turned me off was the chase and now this years nonsence.
     
  11. noogies

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    Two words: Smokey Yunick. Anybody remember the famous 7/8 scale '66 Chevelle?
     
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  12. 2011etec

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    Must of been the first of the Metric Cars,lol.
     
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  13. KentTeffeteller

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    Buick had the 231 V6 (later became the 3.8, 3800, 3800 Series II) long before the Capri was sold in the USA from the early 1960's.. I still love that Capri, er sexy European import. One of the nicest looking cars then or now.
     
  14. Poultrygeist

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    One of the first V-6's sold in quantity in the US. A fantastic handling car it was a very successful rally car in 70's Europe.
     
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  15. KentTeffeteller

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    P.S. While not vintage, I drive a Ford, a 1999 Taurus SE Station Wagon (Il Toro Spazzo). My first Ford, I've loved them but never owned one for many years. I like my car. Some of the quietest and best riding cars I've ever been in have been Fords. And well built overall.
     
  16. 2011etec

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    I had a 85 cougar with the 3.8 v6 .That car handled like it was on rails and could cruise at 85mph easily.Got decent gas mileage to boot.Very close to this one.[​IMG]
     
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  17. Poultrygeist

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    My brother-in-law had a 5 speed SHO with the Yamaha heads. Really quick but the crappy take up on the clutch made a smooth shift difficult.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. noogies

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    Saw "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" last night for the first time in many years. I'd forgotten that they trashed a sweet little '69 Cougar convertible in that movie. No call-outs, but judging by the hood scoop it could have been a CJ428.
     
  19. 2011etec

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    I drove the 428scj version noogies.May I say it was a handful! [​IMG]Similar to this
     
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  20. noogies

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    Nice. I always liked the '69s a little better, though. Didn't like the big honker on the '70 so much. Was yours an Eliminator?
     
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